Book talk: Andrea Hammel, The Kindertransport: what really happened


December 6, 2023    
6:30 pm GMT - 8:00 pm GMT

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Join The Wiener Holocaust Library in London to mark the publication of Andrea Hammel’s important new book on the Kindertransport child rescue scheme, based on extensive new research.

The first train of the Kindertransport 1938/39 arrived in the UK almost exactly 85 years ago. The scheme has long been celebrated as a British humanitarian success and is known to the wider British public. But research has shown that the circumstances of the scheme and its implementation were complex and not always motivated by altruism. Children were separated from their parents; the scheme lacked governmental support; it relied on the enthusiasm of private citizens and struggling charities.

In this talk Andrea Hammel will show what really happened using her research into governmental and organisational records as well as oral testimonies and documents.

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